Why Our Kids Didn’t Celebrate Halloween

The land of Halloween – and pretend and make-believe When the clock struck midnight, Cinderella’s chariot turned back into a pumpkin. The white horses became mice again and her lovely dress diminished into rags. In the land of fairy tales, good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people – and the lovers live happily ever after. We know it’s just pretend, but we still enjoy the magic in the land of … Read more

Easy, Best Blueberry Muffins

    I searched high and low for a good, easy blueberry muffin recipe.  I found this one and changed it to fit the size of our family.  They love it, and I do, too. I like it because it makes two dozen muffins and I can put  half in the freezer for another time.  Not only are the muffins scrumptious, they’re easy to mix and pop into the oven. You’ll need the usual ingredients: … Read more

Who I Am When No One Is Around

“It’s just up the road, about half a mile after the church,” my neighbor told me. “The pumpkins are sitting out in the yard. It’s the honor system, you know,” she added. The honor system, I mused. We hear about making the honor roll and about honors given to people for specific accomplishments. Yet this is a different kind of honor. This idea of an honor system speaks of trust. It expects and believes the … Read more

Why I’m Buying New Underwear

God spoke to me today about underwear.  My underwear, that is. He really did (speak to me, that is).  Oh, it wasn’t in an audible voice, but I heard Him nevertheless. I think all underwear should fit well, and so I’ve done the getting measured for the right size and style at important, well-known lingerie stores. I’ve spent time trying them on and asking the clerk about styles and closure and underwire or no-wire. Then … Read more

Apple Pie Filling

I’ve had this recipe for a quarter of a century.  I got it from my mother-in-law, Mom Slabach.  I have no idea where she got the recipe.  Every time I make a batch of this, I think of Mom, because the recipe is in her handwriting.   And every time I make a batch of this, I miss her. She’s enjoying better apple pie than we can ever make here on earth.  You can read … Read more